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People prefer showers simply because we're in too much of a hurry. Personally, I hate them. I have yet to meet a shower stall that doesn't have drafts, and the worst thing in the world is chill air hitting you when you're standing under hot water. Okay, so I'm one of only 22%. Lack of a bathtub is a major turnoff for me. So is lack of overhead lighting. I've seen too many houses with not a light in the place; you're supposed to put lamps all over the place. First of all, lamps are a pain. They take up space. They cost a bundle these days. And they don't light adequately. I want ceiling fans. And hello? I don't give a hoot where the laundry room is, but I want a whole room, not a storage closet. Where am I supposed to fold my clothes? I'm not about to use the kitchen table where I'm standing half-stooped and my lower back is killing me before I'm halfway done.
Personally, I like large rooms; I'm like a guy that way: I like space. And I don't give a rat's you-know-what about location. Oh, and just for the record? I hate walk-in closets. Everything ends up stored in there, and you can't walk in. Except for the kitchen, I actually prefer a room not to have closets at all; I have a wardrobe closet that's actually a piece of furniture; it lets me take the greatest advantage of all the space in my room.
Our society has this need to pigeonhole people, to the point that people are not comfortable if you don't fit into one. Please don't assume that just because I'm female, I fit into a female mold. I grew up with three brothers; I'm more guy than girl in most of my tastes and reactions.
I've said this before, but I'm a woman who absolutely HATES those so-called "open kitchens" - who wants the dinner guests hanging around yakking at me when I'm trying to cook the dinner? Who wants the distraction of the TV blaring in the den during meal preparation? Who wants the detritus of a party meal piled in the dinner guests' line of vision while they sip their after-dinner coffee? Give me a kitchen I can walk into and shut the door!
Hardwood is ugly and hard to walk on. I want full carpets everywhere except the bathroom. Anyone who claims all women want hardwood or tile dining rooms is a moron who doesn't know women. We're not all about cleaning, you know.